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Did someone say free?
For one night at the end of every school term, the Advanced Diploma students of The Actors Workshop throw open the doors of the age old Foresters Hall in Woolloongabba and put on a free show for the public. Now isn't that nice? It is.
The Advanced Diploma of Film, Television and Theatre Acting is a two year course, so each performance is split into two sections; beginning with the 1st Year students' showcase (that's right, they've got them on stage by the end of their first term – that's how good they are), then the 2nd Years have their turn in the spotlight. So if you find your socks have been blown off by the interval, just imagine what's in store if you stick around for the bunch that's been at it for a year (plus it's dark and you'll need time to find your socks).
Greek theatre performance 2014
This term's show will be held Thursday, April 2nd at 7:30 pm, with doors opening at 7:00 pm, just in time to kick off the Easter holidays. The 1st Year's will be presenting their version of a Greek Chorus performance from Euripides' The Bacchae, following this there will be a 15 minute interval, then the 2nd year students will bring you a selection of scenes from Shakespeare's Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Taming of the Shrew and Hamlet. Two comedies and two tragedies to keep us all emotionally balanced.
The Taming of the Shrew 2014
This show is family friendly (last year the kids were having a good laugh at poor ol' Grumio from The Taming of the Shrew) however there is limited seating, so you will need to call or email the school in advance to reserve a seat. There's free street parking, and Mater Hill bus station and Park Road/South Bank train stations are just a walk away. My advice is to arrive early for a good park and a good seat, as they go quickly. There will also be a colourful donation drum floating around for anyone who's feeling generous.
This is also a great opportunity to check out the school if you or someone you know is interested in acting - whether it's professionally, for self development, or fun! There is plenty of flexibility with part-time night classes available for those with other commitments.
Night out tip: head around the corner to Vespa Pizza for pre-show woodfired pizza (I recommend the 'Streaky Bacon') and drinks. Prices are around the $20 mark per pizza (this little gal can manage a whole one, lads may need two). It's only a short walk (less then a block) away, and there's nothing quite like watching a little theatre when you're a bit tipsy. If anything, it'll help you get into the true Elizabethan crowd spirit.
Nifty fact: in Shakespeare's time, the audience would throw rotten vegetables when they weren't happy with the performance. Just something to thinketh about...